Nahal K’talav History and Botany Adventure Hike

Join Hiking the Holyland and expert hiking guide Ben Zaltzman on an adventure in beautiful Nahal K’talav on Sunday, June 13th.  This challenging 8 kilometer trail will take you on a journey through the best of  Jerusalem Mountain scenery.  As we hike, our expert guide, Ben, will teach us about wild edibles and useful seasonal plants on the trail.  Enjoy mid-morning tea time using plants gathered in nature!  We’ll also learn about the history of the area, including the backstory behind the old town of Dayr Al Sheikh.

The circular trail begins at Bar Bahar.  We’ll descend together through a beautiful, shaded riverbed towards the Sorek River and the old train station.  Then, we’ll begin a challenging 250 meter ascent through a pine forest, stopping at ancient ruins along the way.

Bring your lunch, water, and lots of energy.  Wear hiking boots and long pants.   This fascinating 5 hour adventure is going to be awesome.

For physically fit hikers.

Space is limited, so register early.  15 % discount on all hiking gear to our participants. Use code GEARMEUP at checkout.

Contact us for special pricing for couples. We reserve the right to cancel at any time for a full refund.


Nahal K'talav
Jerusalem Mountains


Jun 13 2021


8:30 am - 1:30 pm



Advanced Registration Required

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Hiking Guides

  • Ben Zaltzman
    Ben Zaltzman

    My name is Ben Zaltzman, I’m a tour guide and a hiker in Israel who leads people on trails around the country. 
    I fell in love with nature at a young age.
    While exploring the wide open spaces of nature, I came to know that it was the place where I belong.
    A question I ask during our journeys is, “What happens to me in nature?”
    I found secret hiking trails, discovered magical corners in the country, and have been guiding others through my experiences.
    The trips I lead are about nature connection, the power of being in nature, and the changing environment.
    I’m an expert at long-distance hikes. I hiked for 6 month along the Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and have gone on lots of other journeys in Israel and abroad.
    Tour guiding course of the ministry of tourism, birdwatching course (Israeli SPN), educational tours (ministry of education), Storytelling, hunter-gatherers life skills, group dynamics leader, tour educator (on Birthright), Nature cure & connection journey.

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